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This is a review of our In The Night Garden Wooden Playtray which is currently kept at Nan and Grandad's house. We were lucky to receive this in a 'job lot' of toys we bought from a friend at a nominal price and it has come out recently for our 18 month old daughter to enjoy.
What is it?
Already a fan of 'In the night garden' the play tray was something we knew she would enjoy. It is like a jigsaw with the pieces having nice round smooth edges and a little knob handle on each piece.
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At the moment, her little fingers can grab the pieces out from the board but she is not great at getting them back in exactly enough to fit but she has a good try!
Learning for the grown ups!
One of the other benefits of the play tray are that the character's names are printed on the board so Nan and Grandad are now fully conversant with the names of the characters in ITNG. Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Macca Pacca (DD's favourite) are words that DD recognises and will fetch the relevant piece if you ask her nicely.
This is a well made and colourful toy that is nicely presented, and more importantly made of nice wood and not plastic as so many toys are these days! There are six pieces in total and all of them are very different shapes and sizes so it is easier for the little one to figure out where it should sit on the board. With help we can do it together. As will all toys of many pieces I dread a piece going permanently missing. DD is obsessed with hiding things at the moment so this is quite likely!
Whilst ours was second hand, a bit of research tells me you can buy this board for just over £5. It is better quality than other wooden peg jigsaws we own (Supermarket's own brand ones).
If our daughter puts a piece of this in her mouth which happens on occasion, it's OK as we are supervising her and no pieces are small enough to be swallowed. The finish is also superb so no splinters or bits breaking off. There is a recommendation that 18 months plus is the ideal age for playing with this toy which I think is fair enough. I find it encourages coordination and communication with our daughter and top quality bonding time when playing with her toys. It will be a shame if some of the pieces go missing but if so, we have probably already had our money's worth from this toy.
In the Night Garden was a very popular television series when it first launched back in 2007. It became a big hit with toddlers, as its targeted audience was children aged one to four. In the Night Garden is a magical place that exists between waking and sleeping imaginations of children. Many In the Night Garden products have spawned from the hit TV series, the characters have been emblazoned on a multitude of various merchandise.
One such item is the, In the Night Garden Playtray which is produced by Ravensburger. I generally avoid buying products that are endorsed by television shows, as they can be more expensive and the quality isn't always as good, however, on this occasion I succumbed, as the wooden playtray was similarly priced to its counterparts, and my son adored the show at the time, so I thought he would like this puzzle.
Peg puzzles are the first stage of puzzles that introduce little ones to puzzling. There are various different peg puzzles that feature different themes, along with the character based puzzles. Peg puzzles are perfect for early puzzlers, not only are they great fun; they are educational too, as the manipulation of the pieces improves fine motor skills, as well as developing dexterity and hand-eye coordination. They stimulate thinking, increase concentration and focus skills, as well as giving a child a sense of accomplishment when they complete the puzzle, which boosts their self confidence.
The Night Garden playtray is constructed from a high quality solid wood, the board measures 29.5cm x 21cm. This particular puzzle is recommended for children aged 18 months and up. The puzzle comprises of six chunky pieces that are supported with a plastic peg, that are an ideal size for little hands to grasp. The pieces represent some of the favourite Night Garden characters, featuring, Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, The Tombliboos, The Pontipines, and The Pinky Ponk. The main character names are printed onto the board alongside the images; possibly to help us parents identify the strangely named creatures. The pieces are thick and durable and they can easily be wiped clean. The illustrations are very bright and colourful, with the pictures representing the characters perfectly. The play tray is packaged in a card and cellophane wrapper, which is easy to remove and discard.
The puzzle provides a challenge for toddlers and it can take some practice and determination for them to slot the pieces into the corresponding slots. The chunky pieces slot into the board with ease once they have been aligned, and they are easily lifted out. The pieces are an ideal size and they are spaced out on the board to give enough space for a piece to be turned around to be aligned, once a toddler places it onto the board.
My son was delighted when I presented him this puzzle, as he recognized his favourite T.V characters. It took some practice for him to grasp the pegs in order to lift them out, this improved his pincer grasp and it required a great level of concentration, once he had mastered lifting the pieces out he would happily repeat this process, as I would place them back in for him to practice. After he had been shown several times he attempted placing the pieces back onto the board, this required more patience and skill as the pieces are not simple shapes, it did take quite some time and a lot of assistance to begin with, as I would push the piece over to the corresponding slot so he could place it in. After he had managed to identify, and match up the pieces to the corresponding slots he had more success with the puzzle, although it did take a lot of practice to align them perfectly before they would slot in place. The puzzle provided a great challenge, and once my son had mastered the skill of placing the pieces into the board, he would continue to practice and complete the puzzle time and time again.
Although I think the show is a bit bonkers, toddlers seem to love it, and the playtray was a big hit with my son. He really enjoys puzzles and this was the perfect puzzle, that was age appropriate and it provided a challenge. The puzzle proved to be good value for money, as it had plenty of play value, and it was durable and hard wearing. As this is a high quality wooden puzzle it will last and be good enough for subsequent children.
This In the Night Garden wooden playtray puzzle retails at £7.99, and is available from on-line retailers such as Amazon, and it can be found in good toy stores.
In the Night Garden Official Website: www.inthenightgarden.co.uk
My friend bought this jigsaw for my little girl when it was first released as she loves jigsaws and is so quick at working them out im always buying new ones to keep her learning new things.
This really is a lovely little toy. the board is so smooth and well thought out for children,rounded edges,pegs on the pieces for little hands to hold and bright colors and pictures to keep them interested.
When you remove all of the pieces from the board you can see that they have also put the pictures in the holes too so the correct piece can be matched to the picture easily which not all jigsaws do!
The pieces themselves have had the edges smoothed off so no splinters from them or anything like that- again not all jigsaws i have bought have been like this.
The thought put into this really does make it an excellent toy and oone that will last ages.
My little one knows all the bits off by heart now so need to find some more again but this is one we will defiantly be keeping as its so nice.
I bought this little night garden puzzle for £5.99 in Woolworths closing down sale. My daughter is 13 months old and the only television she watches is in the night garden. She will watch it early evening for twenty minutes and she absolutley loves it.
What I love about the programme is that it prompts a wealth of learning and the puzzle is an offshoot of that. Its a traditional wooden puzzle with a number of the favourite chracters inserted into the wood and each character has a little knob on it that the child uses to take it out and replace it. Because she knows the characters she took to the puzzle immediately and had no trouble removing all the pieces. She still has to work at getting them back in but work she does and you can almost hear her cogs turning as she tries to work out which way they go. I started by placing the character over the hole and then she would push it in but she has learnt how to do it herself now and its still a firm favourite. The great thing is that its not just about putting pieces in a puzzle. We also play at me asking her where a particular character is and she identifies the piece so its about word association also. It also helps the childs fine motor skills. Im not sure what age this puzzle is aimed at. I believe its probably about two but my daughter at 13 months manages just fine with it so its worth a try at that age. None of the pieces appear to be a choking hazard although I dont leave her alone with it. All in all its a great way of encouraging development in your child whilst watching them having great fun.
I had heard very good reviews about the In The Night Garden play tray and was keeping my eye on one on Amazon. The price was fluctuating between £4.99 and £14.99 for ages, and whilst I knew my daughter loves all things Iggle Piggle, I wasn't prepared to pay over £10 for a puzzle.
A couple of weeks ago I saw the puzzle for a brilliant £2.98 so I quickly added it to my basket and waited for it to be delivered. I know I should have put it away for Christmas, but at my daughter's age she will have so much and not completely understand it, so we decided to let her play with it straight away.
The puzzle states it's suitable for children age 2 and over. I wouldn't say this is for safety reasons more ability, as all the pieces are very chunky and solid.
I got the play tray out of the box and had a quick look at it myself before letting my toddler at it. It's designed simply, the size of approximately A4, made out of solid wood, with six character shapes carved out of the base.
Each puzzle piece is painted brightly and all the edges are smooth with no horrible little pieces that catch. I made sure I examined each bit before letting my daughter have them. The handles to put the shapes in and pull them out are fairly small but encourage the fine motor skills.
The different shapes are labelled underneath the relevant sections on the board which encourages children to recognise the words of their favourite characters as they match the shapes to the holes.
As we started playing, my daughter eagerly grabbed each one out of the board until they were all on the floor. We attempted to put them back together but she didn't have a clue where to put them on her own.
I found I had to help her a lot but then she is six months away from the recommended age for the product. I noticed that if I put the shape over the relevant hole then she would press down hard until they slotted into place.
The puzzle is well made by Ravensburger and despite being dropped on the floor a couple of times by clumsy fingers, it has withstood all the pressure and nothing has chipped or snapped off.
Overall I think this is a nice puzzle for any In The Night Garden fans but some of the other similar puzzles available on the market will be better and better suited for similar age children because of the size of the shapes and puzzle pieces.
My daughter didn't struggle with the size of the shapes although a couple of them are slightly too small to be handles with ease.
The negative I would mention for this puzzle is storing it, as the packaging it comes in doesn't couple as a box, so when it's been opened the puzzle is essentially box less and will need to be stored flat on a shelf to resist losing the pieces.
The puzzle was definitely worth the money I paid for it, but I wouldn't recommend paying more than £5 for it. It is a nice stocking filler however.
In The Night Garden Wooden Play Tray...........
In the Early Learning Centre not long ago they had a sale on all things from In the Night Garden and I couldn't help but stock up on a few bits for Christmas. Now I am probably the most impatient person I know and I should remember this when deciding to buy Christmas presents early because I always can't resist getting them out before the big day and this time was no exception.
Jack already has one wooden play tray which has the alphabet and shapes on but it is a little bit more advanced than this In the Night Garden Wooden Play Tray which means when he was struggling to play with the alphabet tray one day I decided to get out his Christmas present and start playing with that!
He really enjoyed it and although I felt bad for dipping into the Christmas present box way too early the delight on his face when he was playing with it pretty much made all my guilt go away. The wooden play tray is suitable for children ages 2 and over and even though Jack is 17 months now he plays with it well and has no problems when using it.
It cost around £4 although its usual price was £6 so only a slight saving but a saving nonetheless. £4 I think is very reasonable for a toy which has both a recognisable character on it and one that is made to such a high standard. The board itself has the main characters painted on it and each of these six characters have a small peg in the middle of them which allows them to be taken out of the puzzle and then replaced into their corresponding hole.
The characters that are included on the puzzle/play tray are Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, The Tombliboos, The Ninky Nonk and The Pontipines House. The draws are done well and to a high standard meaning that I think this toy will definitely last a few good years and is maybe one to keep for the grandchildren!!!
It is both a good size in width and length and the size of the removable characters is nice and large which is perfect for little hands to pick up. The overall weight of the wooden tray is not as heavy as I would of first thought and Jack finds it easy to pick the whole tray up and move it about.
Jack is able to get four out of the six pieces back into their holes as a couple are slightly harder than the rest. I do think that even when he can get them all in that it will still be a good toy to play with and will get lots of use because it not only has Igglepiggle on it but also is working well at developing his motor skills.
I would say for the price this toy is a really good purchase. Jack enjoys playing with it, it doesn't look vulgar like some of his toys do and I would think it is ,made to last (unless we loose a piece!). Overall this toy would certainly deserve a 5 star rating and a VERY HIGH RECOMMENDATION. I would say it would make a great Christmas present for someone!
i bought the 'in the night garden playtray' from toys r us for just under £5. aimed at children 2+
my little girl aged 28months loves watching the night garden and also doing puzzles so i knew she would just love this!
The puzzle is a wooden board with 6 cut out shapes - in the night garden characters are... upsy daisy, iggle piggle, makka pakka, the pontipines house, the tomliboos and the pinky ponk vehicle.
It works like most other wooden puzzles - you find the hole where the shape fits.
The wood seems good quality and hasnt cracked or split just yet, ive had it a few months.
My two year old loves playing with it, she will do all the shapes and also play with them seperatly....lining them up or saying who is who.
i know they are avaliable in alot of stores, have seen them in woolworths, boots, wilkinsons.
A lovely toy i would definatly reccomend.
In the night garden is a children's programme on cbeebies my little boy who is 16 months really loves this show especially iggle piggle, I bought this wooden puzzle for about £5 and at the time remember thinking should I or shouldn't I get it as it seems rather expensive for a puzzle but I did buy it as I thought my little boy would love it as it contains his favourite characters. I made the right decision to get it as my little boy always brings the pieces to me to help him put them in and say what character it is. He can't yet put the pieces in himself yet but he does try hard to do it.
This puzzle is wooden and very sturdy it should last been thrown around and played with for a good few years. The puzzle features iggle piggle, upsy daisy, makka pakka, the tombliboos, the pinky ponk and the pontipines house. They are lift out characters that your child can place into their correct spaces. This is a good educational toy which will help your child's hand and eye co-ordination. The puzzle has a guidance of 2+ but I feel that a child will only learn if you give them the option to try new things, they may not be able to the puzzle any earlier than 2 but they will have great fun looking at all the characters and at least trying to put the pieces in the correct spaces.
The in the night garden play tray is such a simple little toy, it is basically a wooden tray with some shapes cut out of it and the idea is for the kids to fit the correct shapes back into their rightful place. The shapes are of course in the form of the characters from the Cbeebies show for kids (the night garden).
My granddaughter loves the show and loves this little toy too; even though she had mastered the art of getting the shapes in the right place very quickly she still loves to play with it over and over again. It is a well made sturdy wooden toy that will I am sure last the test of time and be able to be passed down to younger family members or even handed into the hospital to keep the kids amused in the kids wards after my granddaughter has finished with it.
It is not too expensive to buy either costing only £6.99 from Woolworths when I bought it, the only thing I will say is that you certainly pay for the night garden name because they had identical toys with just simple shapes like busses and trains on them for half the price.
In the night garden play tray, very simple puzzle (if you can call it that). you pull out the wooden shapes and put them back in, def a twelve plus months product. my sons loves the in the night garden programme so i thought they would be thrilled by this but unfortuntly i was wrong, my son pulled the shapes out, called out there names, sloted them back in, then throw it to one side! he has more fun with his shapes play tray in all honestly! but on the plus side this would make a great gift for a small child (as they all seem to love in the night garden) and is a great price for the in the night garden range as it is all so expensive! if you can afford to spash out a bit my on a gift though i would advise you to avoid this product as child do go though fazes and next wwek you`l proberly be thowing it out for the next fad that comes along. x
My little sister is a big fan of the tv program in the night garden.
Wholst looking for ideas of what to spend here easter money on that her nan had sent her she spotted this in toysrus, it was only £5 which I think was great value as she loves it and has played with it loads.
This toy concists of a wooden board with the characters from the night garden printed on it, each character has been cut out and has a plastic yellow peg attached to it to allow little fingers to pick it up. Underneith each piece there is an exact copy of the picture on the piece which helps little children to work out where the pieces have to go.
My sister has had hours of fun with this puzzle, it was much better than an easter egg which she would have eaten in seconds and will last a long time as it is very hardy as it is made out of wood.
This is a great idea for a toy for any young child.
When looking for birthday presents for Harry from his grandparents last month, we wanted to get something a little educational rather than just your usual toys, as he had plenty of those left over from Christmas! I was in the Early Learning Centre when I spotted this In The Night Garden Wooden Jigsaw, and for a reasonable price of £6 too, so I decided it was just the thing and went and paid for it.
In The Night Garden is the latest toddler craze to sweep the nation, with the show being played 3 times daily on the C-Beebies channel, and a vast array of products being released, from DVDs to cutlery to CD's. You can get the products from most supermarkets, toy stores and book shops. I purchased this jigsaw from the Early Learning Centre, but it is also available on various online websites.
The jigsaw is on a wooden board which measures 29cm by 21cm. The puzzle features the 6 main characters from the show, and each is a pegged piece which slots into the back board of the puzzle. The characters are Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, the Pontipines, the Tombliboos, Makka Pakka and the Pinky Ponk. They al have a yellow peg in the middle of the piece allowing your child to easily pick them up and slot them back into the board.
Underneath the wooden shape is an exact copy of the picture on the removable piece. This shows your child where to put the pieces once they have been removed. All the pieces and shaped around the characters, making it easy for them to see where their piece has to go. The shapes are a good fit into their holes, not too tight so the toddler can easy slot it into the hole themselves. The pegs are about 1cm high from the piece, and are a good size for toddler fingers to grasp and aid them with the puzzle pieces.
The illustrations are very bright and colourful, with the pictures representing the characters perfectly. As well as the illustrations on the removable pieces, and underneath those, there are a few things dotted around the board as well, such as the flower balls from the garden, and the character names are written next to their picture as well. The very bottom of the back board has a blue motif along the bottom, with In The Night Garden written, with the manufacturers name Ravensburger in the bottom right corner.
These puzzles are created to help young children with their co-ordination for getting the pieces into the holes again, and also for recognizing where the pieces are supposed to go and matching it up with the picture on the board. Using well known characters, the puzzle will appeal to many toddlers, and will encourage them to play with the puzzle and want to put their favourite characters back into the board.
The only negative thing I have to say about this puzzle is the worry of losing some of the pieces because there is nothing to hold them into the board itself. I have to store it out of Harry's reach when he isn't playing with it otherwise we wouldn't have any pieces left to play with! Obviously this applies to all these types of puzzles, but I just think it's worth a mention. When I take this out of the house, I just put a little piece of sellotape along the top of each piece when it's in its hole and this is sufficient to keep them there on a journey or in a bag.
The board itself is chunky and hard-wearing. We haven't had any wear and tear with it yet, and that's a good thing with a brash toddler playing with it. The pegs are well fastened in and show now sign of loosening at all. The pieces are all still perfect, and nice and chunky for little hands. I really love doing this jigsaw with Harry and he loves playing with it. The recognisable characters make it fun for him, and he is learning at the same time. It's well made, a great price and a lovely educational toy.
As mentioned, I pad £6 for my jigsaw from the Early Learning Centre, but I have seen that the Toys R Us website also sell the product for £4.99, although you do have to pay a delivery charge. The puzzle is suitable for 2 years+ but I would be happier for a younger child to use it as well. The product is made by Ravensburger who produce many childrens puzzles and toys.
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The in the night garden play tray is a very simple concept that has been around for god knows how long, a wooden board with shapes that can lift out and be replaced. My son had several of these when he was younger, some with characters from the TV and others just with regular things such as cars, planes and the likes.
In the night garden is a fairly new kids show with characters such as Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and many more. On the board you can find six removable and replaceable pieces that come in the shape of the pinky ponk, the tombliboos, the afore mentioned Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka as well as the house who's garden they live in.
This puzzle board claims to be for ages 2 years and over but my one year old daughter is already finding out how to fit the shapes back in so I would suggest it is ok for kids of earlier ages too. The bright colours are very eye catching and if like my daughter the child who is given this toy has seen the night garden on TV they will recognise the characters straight away as the pictures are very clear and fairly big.
Apart from the removable pieces the rest of the board is just left with it`s original wood look apart from the very bottom which has a blue line with the night garden logo and a sort of shadow picture of the characters, as I mentioned earlier a simple but very effective toy.
My daughter will happily sit on the floor or in her high chair with this toy longer than she will with any other and heaven knows she has plenty to choose from. To watch her it is as if even at this early age she is determined not to be beaten by the toy and to make sure she gets the pieces back in where they go.
The toy is of course great fun for small minds but also educational which I don't think enough toys are these days. I paid £7.99 for this toy from amazon.co.uk I have no idea if it is available cheaper anywhere else as it was just an impulse buy whilst browsing Amazon. At £7.99 I feel it is pretty good value for money and I would buy similar products without hesitation.
I would recommend this to anyone with children from a year onwards rather than the two years onwards suggested by the product, if your child is not getting on with this by a year they certainly will be by 18 months. I played with the toy with my daughter to start with and still do from time to time but she prefers to be left to her own little devices as she does with most things, very independent just like her mum!
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